Salty – the driving force behind the site

Not so long ago, A lady with a running blog called “The Salty One” got pregnant.  As it happened, this lady, Laura Pizmoht, was also a very avid and dedicated marathon runner, so she searched high and low for some good information about running and pregnancy. As it happened, the Internet was not very forthcoming with that information.

For the next three years Laura kept training, won some races, and had another baby; all the while noticing that it wasn’t just about pregnancy; the online running community was dominated by men, and while “you go, girl!” style resources for women were plentiful, there weren’t many places to find women who were serious about training faster, with goals of super fast PRs.  An idea sparked in her head.


Cinnamon – the creative-yet-haphazard technician

Meanwhile, Laura had coached her younger sister Kyle Gorjanc through several half marathons and also her first marathon, a significant achievement for a woman who had spent nearly her entire life overweight and unathletic. Seeing the overwhelming psychological and emotional benefits, Kyle adopted running and racing as a lifestyle as well.

So it was in December of 2011, when Laura told Kyle her New Year’s resolution was to start the website she had always dreamed of.  Kyle agreed to help with the technical execution if Laura started working on the content and the two sisters stuck their heads together and got to work!

But Laura, known to the world through her first blog as Salty, didn’t want to do it alone. She envisioned an entire community of women runners writing for each other and helping each other pursue a better, faster way.  So Kyle began writing for the site too, under the name Cinnamon. Not long afterward, a Ginger joined, and Salty Running was born!  The site launched fully on April 2, 2012, and soon signed up a Pepper, a Clove and a Mint, and a little blog became a community of seasoned runners.

Welcome to Salty Running! We encourage you to get a little spicy, tell us what you think and help us help the world get chicked!



Salty Running is a resource for women runners seeking to improve their training and racing. We’re here for women who take athletics seriously and want to learn how to run better, no matter what the pace. To be a part of this community you don’t need to be at a particular speed or level with your running as long as you love it and want to improve! We cater to every level of runner, from beginner to elite and everything in between. If you want to be a better, smarter, stronger, or faster runner then Salty Running is for you!

We take a collaborative approach featuring several bloggers at once who share their training and insights as well as articles and features that are both informative and entertaining. If you’re interested in joining the Salty Running team visit the Write for Salty Running page for more information.



Introducing Caper

Caper : May 6, 2015 7:00 am : Bios

CaperI am Caper. Raised in Alaska, I have “gone native” in the ultimate wildlife habitat of Manhattan, where I work as a securities lawyer/law firm partner and run among a mass of interesting and ambitious people as much as my body will let me.

I love to run and run for love. Running makes me feel free and sets my spirits soaring. It makes me feel swift and strong on a good day and helps me work through my problems on a bad day. It is a source of companionship and closeness with the friends in the club that I run with. more »


Introducing Honey!

Honey : February 24, 2015 7:00 am : Bios

Maybe I am crazy... about running!

Maybe I am crazy… about running!

Hi Salty Community!

Get ready for Honey, bringing a little bit of sweetness to balance out the sodium!  I fell in love with running specifically because of the sisterhood I found pounding the pavement along Chicago’s lakefront with the ladies at a shoe store’s weekly “Chicks Night.”  Now, a few years and more than a few miles away, I am excited to join another community of motivated women, and I’m looking forward to being inspired by you and your path while I share my own!

In my day-to-day life I’m a middle school Special Education teacher in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. That earns me double you-must-be-crazy looks, believe me.  Yes, I teach inner-city adolescents. By choice.  Yes, I sign up for marathons. Repeatedly.  But there’s a great explanation: I’m not just addicted to sugar, I’m also addicted to challenges.  Speaking of, I just found a great trail half near the City that’s still open… more »


Introducing Cumin!

Cumin : January 8, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

2014 Santa Hustle 5k Finish!

2014 Santa Hustle 5k Finish!

First off, I’d like to thank Salty for allowing me to share my journey with you.  Reading the posts of this awesome group of Salties has been so inspiring for me as I begin running and pursue a healthier way of life.

Quick stats:  I was born and raised in the Midwest, and after college, moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry, and lived there for about 18 years before coming back to the Midwest to be closer to family.  I have four children.  Not the two legged kind, but the four legged kind (no, I don’t live next to a nuclear power plant).  I have three dogs and one cat.

I’m an overweight runner.  Rather, I should correct myself.  I am an obese runner. more »


Introducing Juniper!

Juniper : January 7, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

620592_3712859254888_1502655509_oGreetings and salutations, Salty community! I’m Juniper, and I am incredibly honored to be writing for Salty Running, a blog that has both informed and inspired me. I chose the moniker “Juniper” since it’s a nickname my parents bestowed upon me in my youth as a play on my first name, Jennifer. Coincidentally, it is also the main ingredient in gin, so there’s that.

I married my high school sweetheart and we have two cats, Henry David Thoreau and J. Gatsby. I’m a high school English teacher in real life, a freelance writer on the side, and an elite triathlete in my dreams. In reality, I’m an age grouper, which is still pretty darn awesome. more »


Introducing Peppadew!

Peppadew : November 5, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Hi, I’m Peppadew, how do you do?

I am a ultrarunner from Durban, South Africa, the home to the 89k Comrades Marathon, the biggest and oldest ultra in the world. I am also a mum of two small people and four doggy furbabies, a wife and a lawyer in one of the biggest firms in our city.  I have described our life as frenetic and full-on but it is also fun. Our Peppadew family tends to work as a solid team and while it makes life fairly chaotic there is a definite rhythm in the way we move together through our days. Everyone has their function, their task, their quirk and it all works in beautiful mayhem.

Although I dabbled in a bit of running at school, I will have to admit that my teenage years were spent chasing boys rather than chasing records… and the older I got the more slothful I became. more »


Introducing Wintergreen!

Wintergreen : November 4, 2014 1:00 pm : Bios

Wintergreen's new toy: an African Djembe drum

When I’m not running or writing, I’m … African drumming!

Hello fellow Salties! My name is Wintergreen and I live in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Canada. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and sharing my love of our great sport.

As my Salty moniker may imply I like winter. I live in Canada, so as you can imagine I have run in many a snowstorms and dodged snowploughs and salt trucks. Last year we had the coldest winter since I was a child in the 70’s. I only missed one scheduled workout. However on the coldest days it took nearly ten minutes to get dressed. By March I found myself daydreaming of shorts and t-shirts.

But there’s more to me than living and running up North! more »


Introducing Oregano!

Oregano : November 3, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Pre-Race Thumbs Up

Pre-Race Thumbs Up

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! I am very excited to be joining the Salty crew and sharing my perspective and love for running with all of the amazing women who read and write for Salty Running!

I am a single person enjoying the last year of my 20’s and cheap rent in a house with four other 20-somethings in Portland, OR. I started running in Minnesota when I was 19, for stress relief in college, and totally fell in love. Running in Minnesota was especially great for me as a college kid, as it was pretty much impossible to get lost. Case in point: a typical thought on a run, that farm house looks about two flat, straight miles away.  I ran my first race, a 5k, during my Senior year and came in second with a 22:22. After that I decided to challenge myself and join the track team (I went to a Division III school, so anyone could join). I think this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I really cherished every workout. more »


Introducing Jasmine!

Jasmine : September 3, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Jessica Jumps

I’m so thrilled to be here, I’m jumping for joy!

Hello Salty Running friends! I’m thrilled to be joining this wild group of women runners at an exciting time in my running life. I’m preparing to make my first attempt at breaking into the world of sub-elite marathon running this year.

After many years of being an average runner, better than average cyclist and poor swimmer, it was time to take my favorite sport seriously. I am dying to tell you about everything I’ve learned in the process of becoming a better runner.

But friends, before we go any further, let me give you some background. more »


Aloha from Hibiscus!

Hibiscus : June 30, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News

This Hibiscus is glad to meet all of you salty little things.

I’ve been running for what seems like a million years, but let’s call it an even 12.  My first race was a half marathon followed immediately by a full, and I haven’t really stopped since.

But I wasn’t always the fine specimen of athleticism you see now:


I used to be 40lbs heavier, married and childless.  Over the last few years, I have adopted a child, ended a marriage and had to deal with myself in ways I never imagined.  Lucky for you, though, I lived to tell the tale. more »


Introducing Lemongrass!

Lemongrass : June 24, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News


I’m Lemongrass ready to do my thing!

Hi! It’s time to make a little room in your spice rack for me, Lemongrass!

I’m writing from East Greenbush, NY, a suburb of Albany, NY. I’m a  middle school English teacher (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) who loves spending time with my amazingly cute family. I have two children, a boy and a girl (ages 3 and 1) and a husband who understands and supports without complaint that long runs mean that he’s on daddy-duty.

I come to Salty Running with over ten years running experience, but I feel like I’m just hitting my stride. I took up running  in 2001 when my then-boyfriend would give me fitness tips so I wouldn’t gain the freshman 15. While I didn’t gain the weight, I dropped him! I ran a few races here and there until 2009 when I decided to try to run the New Jersey Half Marathon. It was 13.1 miles of pure torture, with temperatures over 90 degrees on that early May day. Yet, here I am! more »


Introducing Catnip!

Catnip : April 30, 2014 7:00 am : Bios


I enjoyed a race every now and then during my pregnancy.

Hello Salty readers! I am crossing over from Salty fan to join the spice rack as Catnip. I am a 31-year old new mother from Ohio working as a speech-language pathologist. I’m married to a teacher/hockey coach. Oh, and we have a cat, naturally.

I have been a runner since I was 12, joining the junior high cross country team ’cause everyone was doing it. I continued to run cross country and track through high school, graduating with a 5k PR north of 22:00. At Kalamazoo College I improved steadily, finally breaking 20:00 on the roads as a senior before moving to France for a year and training with a French team (oh, and working as an English instructor).

It wasn’t until I drank the proverbial Kool-Aid of high mileage that my times really dropped. With the help of the coaches of the Columbus Running Company Elite team I’ve now notched PRs ranging from 16:56 for 5k to a 2:51 marathon. more »


Hello, Chamomile!

Chamomile : March 24, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News

Will run for tea!

Will run for tea!

Bonjour from bayou country, Salty Runners!

I am a newly-transplanted resident of Louisiana, and it is my pleasure to be representing Salty Running down here in the Deep South. I’m learning to appreciate Cajun culture, crawfish étouffée, big crazy festivals, and the social running scene of Baton Rouge (where the roads are flat, the weather is hot, and the motto is “Run hard, live easy!”)

My husband’s job transfers us to new cities/states/countries every couple years (or less), and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even before I married the tall, handsome cyclist of my dreams, I was an incurable nomad with a heart set on adventure and a Honda that could be packed at a moment’s notice. more »


Take a deep breath of Lavender

Lavender : March 10, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News

Hello Salties!

Hello Salties!

Well hello there, Salty Runners!

I greet you in the final year of my 20’s.  I can see the rest of you 20-somethings grimacing; I always thought aging was over at 25 too! Despite missing the days when I could stay up past midnight drinking copious amounts of liquid embarrassment, I am actually most proud of the latter half of this decade. These last few years haven’t been easy, but are much more braggable.  And if that’s not a word, I vote we make it one.

I started running after the father of my 6-month-old infant dropped us at my parent’s doorstep, 75 miles out of the city in rural southern Ohio, where he promptly turned and left. I never saw him again.  In order to keep my sanity, to think and to piece my life back together, I started running and haven’t stopped since. After 8 months of barely eating or functioning beyond caring for my son, running forced me to fuel my body and made me discover the inner and physical strength I had the whole time, and it saved my life.

more »


Hello Allspice!

Allspice : March 6, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Janet RW1

Me and my punching bag. Great stress relief after a hard day in the classroom!

Hello Salty Readers! I’m so excited to join this team of fabulous Salty women. I chose the name Allspice because it so accurately expresses my fitness philosophy. Being fit is truly the spice of life, and while running is my absolute favorite way to stay fit, I believe all activities that ignite your passion have a place in your workout arsenal! I hope the information I share through my posts will help improve your running, and my love of cross training will show you options that will help you become a more well- rounded athlete. more »


A Healthy Dose of Garlic

Garlic : March 4, 2014 7:00 am : Bios


Hello, Salty runners! Time to add some garlic to your spice rack!

What an honor to be writing my first Salty Running post after avidly reading posts on this site for the past couple years!  I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of these amazing running women.  I’m hoping to combine all the different facets of my life – runner, mom, doctor, track fan – to write both interesting and helpful posts for our esteemed readers, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge!

As for my running background: I grew up in New York City and started running regularly in the eighth grade.  Happily, one of the choices for gym class at my Manhattan private school was to run to the Central Park Reservoir, do a lap, and run back.  To me, jogging to the Park and back listening to Depeche Mode or Yaz on my walkman was vastly preferable to dodgeball, softball or any of the more traditional PE options the other kids were doing, and my life-long regular running habit was born.  When I was in the ninth grade my family moved to upstate NY and I continued to run nearly every day, but other than one season of indoor track in tenth grade, not competitively.  I ran for fun and fitness, and running was an escape, a place to ruminate or just to blow off some steam, for most of my teens and early twenties. more »


Hello Basil!

Basil : October 29, 2013 7:00 am : Bios

Hey 16 year old self, how's it feel to get lapped by an old lady?

Hey 17 year old self, how’s it feel to get lapped by an old lady?

Hello Salty runners! Greetings from the last frontier, the land of the midnight sun and the eight-month long winter. That’s right–Alaska! Where it’s totally legit to reach for the running tights before Halloween and to use a get-out-of-a-tempo-run-free card because there’s a bear on your beloved running route. (Yup, for real, totally happened.)

I’m a recovering type-A workaholic (See: Catbert: Evil HR Director) turned hausfrau and running enthusiast (See: June Cleaver in tempo shorts). I left my HR consulting job when my youngest was 3 years old, and have been “staying home” ever since. This year, my two children are finally in school full-time (cue the angels!), so I’m footloose and stroller-free, training for my first marathon. more »


Hello Rocket!

Rocket : September 25, 2013 7:00 am : Bios

One of the best moments of my running career so far: winning a marathon in front of my hometown crowd!

Hello Salty Running!  I’m Rocket:  a tasty little salad herb with a spicy kick.  I am pumped to be blogging and excited to not only share my experiences, but to learn from yours!

I have two Olympic Trials marathons under my belt already at age 30, but it was a long road to get here.  I started running when I was 12. Just like my mom and older sister, I began my love relationship with running at school in a little farming community in Northeast Ohio, called Marlington. In high school, I was a 4-time state qualifier.  My times caught the attention of a few college coaches, and in 2002, I took a scholarship to the DI program at the University of Akron.

My time at Akron was riddled with injury. I broke my foot three times, and at some point, got quite out of shape, but I never gave up hope or stopped believing I had more in me. The future proved me right!  more »


Hello Molasses!

Molasses : September 10, 2013 3:35 pm : Bios

My homemade sign fell apart after I ran in the rain :(

My homemade sign fell apart after I ran in the rain, but the run left me smiling!

Hello esteemed readers of Salty Running – I bow to your dedication, your courage, your enthusiasm, and your love of running. I’m Molasses, and I’m here because you inspire me to be better, and I want to do the same, because I owe you that.

How do you inspire me? Because you are the lady that I see running around my central Texas neighborhood at 6:30 PM, when it’s 104 degrees outside, because that’s the only time you can fit it in. You are the woman who goes for a jog at 5:30 AM, when I haven’t even thought about getting out of bed yet. You are the mom just getting back to walking after bringing your wonderful little new life into the world, and I see you watching the runners wistfully, and I know you’ll get back to where you were, in time. You are looking for advice, support, information, entertainment, or anecdotes about running that actually apply to you, and you’ve come here to find them. That‘s how you inspire me, Salty Runner. more »


Hello Wasabi!!!

Wasabi : August 28, 2013 7:00 am : Bios

photo for salty

Loving some fun!

Greetings Salty Nation! Allow me to introduce myself. I am a fun-loving thirty-something just trying to make ends meet doing things that I love and struggling to balance consistent training with my busy work life. I am a full-time corporate fitness specialist and a part-time running store employee, as well as a mid-pack racer with big aspirations of complete and utter age group domination, a social running enthusiast and a self-proclaimed running gear fashionista.  I have many varied interests including but not limited to laughing, trash talking, dance parties, color coordination, lattes, puppies, neon running shoes, and destination marathons.

I am lifelong North Carolinian, and I currently live in the great city of Durham, just across town from the mom of my surrogate Durham family who is also my running BFF, fellow Salty blogger and Oiselle Volee teammate, Saffron. more »


Hello Saffron!

Saffron : August 21, 2013 7:00 am : Bios


Saffron’s a mom!

Hi everyone, and greetings from the sweaty South! Before I reveal all sorts of details about me to all of you, I wanted to thank the one and only Salty, my mom running partner in crime, for giving me the amazing opportunity to share my running experiences and opinions with all of YOU, the devoted readers of Salty Running. Never in my life did I imagine I would become a Salty Writer, but I am incredibly thrilled to be throwing my voice into the ring with my talented co-bloggers. But before I start getting all opinionated on you, I should probably let you know who I am.

I am a newly minted masters runner ( I just turned 40) and a stay at home mom and wife (and cook, chauffeur, housekeeper…all very 1960’s, especially for a women’s college alumna). In my spare time, I am a USATF level 1 certified coach, Girls On The Run coach, lapsed certified personal trainer and, of course, a runner. I live in North Carolina with my 16 pairs of running shoes, my husband and his 4 computer screens and 4 road bikes and our son and his thousands of Legos and books. But enough about that stuff. Let’s talk about running! more »



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  1. Heather Gelb says:

    Hi, my name is Heather. I grew up in Kent, Ohio where I thrived on my various cross country running teams. Now I am a mother of five and living in Israel where I run along ancient paths. I would love to connect with other women runners and share my running experiences. For instance, I wrote this poem about spiritual running while training for my first marathon in Tiberius, around the Sea of Galilee:

    The Race
    by Heather Gelb

    The race begins
    Deeply physical fused with deeply spiritual
    My muscles develop, my lungs expand,
    Enormous spiritual strength beats within
    Drinking water with the music, forests and solitude
    I am sustained for long distances
    My foot hits the earth, pounding out my name
    With strides that stretch over canyons of tranquility
    My thoughts soar heavenward
    I battle the Beast of Exhaustion
    I am not afraid of you
    For I deeply breath in the light of God
    A source of endless strength
    I hit the wall then soar over
    Exhilaration flowing through my veins
    Ready to leap with the gazelle
    With each contact of foot to path
    With each God given breath
    I pray
    Let this feeling never end
    Let Joy cross the finish
    Before Pain

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Laura-
    I guess I’m a master’s runner (46 this year) but still trying to improve. I’d love to write for this site– I already keep a blog (jennifer-runningtoboston.blogspot.com) but lately it’s only race reports.
    What kind of commitment are you looking for?
    Jennifer Wolf